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2006 Football Roster

Eugene Gross

Class: r-Sr.
Position: RB
Height: 5-9
Weight: 208 pounds
Previous School: Statesboro
Hometown: Statesboro, GA

2006: Named Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Started 12 of 13 games and led the Blue Raiders in rushing for the fourth straight year with 882 yards ... Also added 16 receptions and 11 rushing touchdowns to lead the Blue Raiders and the SBC in scoring ... Voted by his teammates as one of four permanent team captains ... Named the Preseason SBC Offensive Player of the Year and First Team running back by Sporting News ... Selected Preseason First Team All-SBC by Blue Ribbon College Yearbook ... Had the best spring of his Blue Raider career ... Led the White team in the Blue-White Spring Game with 158 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard burst ... Also hauled in four receptions for 30 yards ... Earned the Most Dependable Running Back award for his play during the spring ... Scored the game-winning touchdown in win over FIU and finished with a team-best 76 rushing yards to go with one reception ... Joined DeMarco McNair as the only players on offense to earn a "winning performance" from the coaching staff against FIU ... Scored the Blue Raiders lone touchdown at Maryland to go along with 74 yards on 13 carries and earned another "winning performance" ... Played sparingly against Tennessee Tech but did have a touchdown and earned a third straight "winning performance" ... Rushed for 88 yards on 20 attempts to go along with two touchdowns and two receptions at North Texas ... Added 50 yards on 13 carries and three catches against no. 8 Louisville ... Registered his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the sixth of his career with 100 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown at Louisiana-Monroe ... Collected 94 yards rushing and one touchdown to go with two receptions in win at Louisiana-Lafayette to earn a "winning performance" ... Voted Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week after registering a career-best 208 rushing yards on 21 attempts and two touchdowns against FAU ... Also had a career long run of 76 yards along with a 56-yard scoring play in the win over the Owls ... Turned in 79 rushing yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in win over Arkansas State ... Rushed for 48 yards on 11 attempts and had a catch in loss to South Carolina ... Scored the team's first touchdown in the Motor City Bowl against Central Michigan on a 3-yard run.

2005: Played in all 11 games and started nine times on his way to earning second team all-conference honors ... Led the Blue Raiders in rushing with 724 yards and a career-best 13 touchdowns while catching a personal-best 33 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown ... Led all Sun Belt running backs in receptions and led the league in scoring with 84 points ... Voted the team's most valuable skill player against Alabama and North Texas ... Rushed 28 times for 129 yards and a touchdown against North Texas ... Caught a season-high five passes for 29 yards against Akron ... Earned the team's most valuable skill player award following the win over Vanderbilt after rushing 19 times for 72 yards and a touchdown to go along with two receptions ... Voted the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week after gaining 131 yards on a career-best 30 carries and scoring a personal-best four rushing touchdowns (tied for second-best mark in school history) to lead MT to a win at FAU ... Also reeled in three receptions for 27 yards versus the Owls ... Led the Blue Raiders with 54 yards rushing on 15 attempts against ULL to go along with five catches for 35 yards ... Rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns in win over Arkansas State while also collecting three receptions ... Paced the Blue Raiders with 86 yards rushing and three touchdowns against Louisiana-Monroe while also picking up his first collegiate touchdown reception with a 37-yard grab ... Finished the ULM game with four total catches for 58 yards ... Led the Blue Raiders with 57 yards on the ground in 16 attempts while adding five receptions for 42 yards in a reserve role at NC State ... Rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against Troy before going out with a bruised quad ... Threw his first collegiate touchdown pass when he hit quarterback Clint Marks on a 19-yard play against FIU.

2004: Earned the offense's Best Attitude award during 2004 spring drills ... Played in all 11 contests with five starts, leading the team with 412 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on team-leading 103 carries ... Also caught 24 passes for 233 yards to pace all backs ... Rushed 12 times for 37 yards and career-high three touchdowns, including game-winning three-yard burst with 2:03 remaining at Akron ... Left game in first quarter against Florida Atlantic with an ankle injury ... Rushed 16 times for 66 yards and one TD at Louisiana-Lafayette ... Had season-highs of 20 carries and 113 yards with one TD as well as career-high six receptions for 45 yards at North Texas ... Rushed 15 times for 47 yards and one TD and caught four passes for 46 yards versus Arkansas State ... Had 16 carries for 53 yards at Florida ... Did not play versus Louisiana-Monroe because of injury ... Scored once versus Utah State ... Rushed seven times for 46 yards including season-long 37-yard scamper in finale at Troy.

2003: Played in all 12 games and earned seven starts (6 at running back and 1 at quarterback) ... Led the Blue Raiders in rushing with 735 yards and 10 touchdowns ... Also tallied 25 receptions for 172 yards to lead all backs ... Was the team leader in kickoff returns with 26 for 467 yards (18.0 average) while ranking second in all-purpose yards (114.5) ... Opened his collegiate career against FAU with 19 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown, including a 21-yard run ... Had just nine yards on five carries at Georgia ... Registered 159 all-purpose yards at Clemson with 122 yards on kickoff returns and 37 on the ground ... His 122 kickoff return yards ranked as the seventh most in a single-game at MT ... Also added a four-yard touchdown run versus the Tigers ... Led the team with 77 rushing yards at Missouri to go along with a 38-yard pass completion ... Rushed for 80 yards on 14 carries against Temple ... Tallied his first 100-yard rushing game when he rambled for 102 yards on 25 carries in the win over NMSU ... Had a 46-yard run against the Aggies ... Rushed for a career-best 141 yards and a touchdown in the win at Idaho, including a personal long 51-yard run against the Vandals ... Reeled in a career-best four receptions at Utah State and equaled that feat against Troy State the following game ... Led the Blue Raiders with 59 yards rushing and two touchdowns in win over Arkansas State.

2002: Sat out the year due to NCAA academic requirements.

High School: Helped lead Statesboro to a perfect 15-0 mark and a AAAA State Championship in 2001 for Coach Buzz Buzby ... Voted to all-region team ... Was the team's starting quarterback in a wishbone scheme ... Completed 25-of-56 passes for 502 yards and five touchdowns ... His long pass completion was a 68-yard touchdown ... Rushed for 620 yards and enjoyed a long run of 46 yards (TD) ... Rushed 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown in the championship game ... Played safety on defense and came away with two interceptions.

Personal: Parents: Eugene Sr. and Debrah Gross ... Born: 2/26/83 ... Major: Physical Education.

2003 Game-by-Game Stats
2004 Game-by-Game Stats
2005 Game-by-Game Stats
2006 Game-by-Game Stats